This Saturday, Great Dane Furniture are celebrating the unique Danish art of paper cording with an in-store event, complete with complimentary coffee and sweet treats. Rob Pink, of Pink & Sons, will be demonstrating his art and helping visitors with their own paper cording creations. There's prizes up for grabs for the best cording - it's sure to be a day of crafty fun.
The Moller chair is a perfect example of not only mid-century Danish design, but also paper cording at it's best. The clean, almost radical simplicity of these chairs – designed and made in Denmark in the 1950s and 1960s – remains relevant even today.
The famous Moller chairs, designed by the Niels Moller himself, hark back to the substitute of cord for rubber in Denmark during World War II. Using this extremely durable material for the seat of his chairs, Moller incorporated this traditional, twisted paper cord into his design. The designs of the various Moller chairs vary in subtle ways, from the curved back of #71 and the traditional angles of #77 to our personal favourite, the timelessly simple #78.
What sets JL Moller apart is their commitment to doing things by hand and according to tradition. The cord seats of Moller chairs are made from one single piece of 425-foot-long cord, the company selects the raw timber itself and all the components are hand-polished. It’s Scandinavian furniture at its best.
Paper cording isn’t just a Scandinavian phenomenon, however. Right here in Melbourne, Rob Pink from Pink & Sons is practicing this traditional technique. From his workshop in Glen Iris, Pink restores and repairs paper corded furniture and will be in-store at Great Dane for an interactive workshop.
Great Dane owner Anton Assaad says it will be a hands-on experience for guests. "Paper cording doesn't always have to result in a Danish seat; anything from bracelets to bowls can be made with these materials." The sustainably minded Espresso Syndicate will also be on hand with complimentary coffee and organic cakes from farmers’ market favourites Kouzina of Patisserie.
There will be two sets of Vedel Bird Families (valued at $400) up for grabs for the best paper cording creations and a #63 Moller bench (valued at $1195) will be given away.
So dust off your craft skills and head down to Great Dane’s Fitzroy showroom this Saturday and show them your paper cording best.
Great Dane Paper Cording Event
Great Dane Fitzroy
175 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
Saturday 16 June, 10am-5pm
This is one in a series of articles exploring Scandinavian design and its key designers, brought to you by Great Dane.
Great Dane is a contemporary design retailer specialising in the best of Scandinavian design. Their selection of new and authentically Scandinavian furniture, lighting and homewares is intuitive and second to none. Visit their Fitzroy showroom to view the range of Moller chairs.